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Thu, Apr 18, 2024

Classic Aero-TV: ICAS Perspectives – What Makes a Perfect Loop?

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Leading Air Show Performers Give Their Perspective and Advice

On December 6th through December 9th, the Paris Las Vegas Hotel hosted over 1,500 air show professionals and enthusiasts to the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention. Started in 1967, the annual ICAS Convention provides professionals a community forum in which to network with industry leaders, plan upcoming air shows, and offer continued support to fellow performers and representatives. This year's convention saw a two percent increase in attendance over the 2008 convention despite the struggling economy; ICAS President John Cudahy expressed optimism going into the 2010 air show season stating that the attendance at all air shows increased over 2009.  

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Wed, Apr 17, 2024

Sport Aviation Alliance Laying Groundwork for No-Holds-Barred Consumer Advocacy

Paul Poberezny's Lesser-Known Organizational Baby is In Good Hands

Paul Poberezny's work needs little introduction in the world of experimental aviation, sport flying, and hobbyist aeronautics, being attached to what has grown into a titan today. Sometimes, growth makes it easy to miss the little things, and today's "little guy" is smarting more than ever just looking at the price tags of "cheap" aircraft. Poberezny, seeing similar things while he was still with us, tried to forestall such a development, beginning the Sport Aviation Association, a group that centered itself entirely on the average everyday pilot. Now, a passionate group of industry vets have inherited the charter of Paul Poberezny's lesser-known organizational baby, and they're taking up his mission anew.

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Wed, Apr 17, 2024

Ultra-Prop II: Sharpening a Classic Blade with Some Modern Tech

Classic Light Prop Gains More Options with a Price Cut, to Boot

The newest contender on the Ultralight scene is Ultra-Prop and their Ultra-Prop II, a new, lightweight design aimed at ultralights and experimental. The new Ultra-Prop II aims to strike the optimal balance between efficiency, weight, and performance in all phases of flight. The Ultra-Prop II sports enough adjustability to fine-tune the pitch as desired, with a variety of pitch blocks offered from 8 to 13 degrees. Ultra-Prop adds no twist to its blades, so those block measurements are essentially fairly comparable to blade angles on traditional offerings.

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Tue, Apr 16, 2024

RARA Announces Ticket Sales Open for 2024 Reno Air Show

Reno Air Racing Association Announces 2024 Reno Air Show

The Reno Air Racing Association is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated 2024 air show. Set against the backdrop of the Reno–Stead Airport, this thrilling event will run from Friday, October 4th to Sunday, October 6th. Aviation enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike are encouraged to secure their tickets in advance for an unforgettable experience. The 2024 air show promises to deliver a mesmerizing display of aerial prowess and heart-pounding performances.

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Tue, Apr 16, 2024

Classic Aero-TV: Heavenly Helicycle

From 2023 (YouTube Version): Sustained Flight Via Helicycle

Buford John Schramm was a remarkable man. His contributions to aviation—rotary-wing aviation in particular—are myriad and of a significance commensurate with Schramm’s having been inducted into the EAA Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame despite the fact he wasn’t an EAA member at the time of his tragic 2006 death. In addition to founding kit-helicopter manufacturer RotorWay and operating a non-ferrous metal foundry that supplies materials to Bell, Hughes, Sikorsky, and Motorola, Mr. Schramm is remembered for developing the Helicycle—a rotorcraft widely esteemed among helicopter enthusiasts and counted among the world’s preemi

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Tue, Apr 16, 2024

NTSB Prelim: Holmes William B Air Creation Twin

(Passenger) Intended On Purchasing The Aircraft, And Was Receiving Flight Instruction From The Pilot

On March 17, 2024, about 0942 mountain standard time, an experimental light-sport weightshift control Air Creation Twin, N4425L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Gila Bend, Arizona. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the passenger, who was seated in the front seat, he intended on purchasing the aircraft, and was receiving flight instruction from the pilot.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

Affordable Flyer Expo Announced for Lakeland, Florida

The Winter Doldrums Can't Compare to a January Lakeland Getaway

Those disappointed by the loss of both the Sebring and DeLand sport aviation fly-ins can rest easy now that the Affordable Flying Expo is on the books for January 9th through the 11th of 2025. The new fly-in offers a well-timed wintertime getaway, an excuse to take the family down south to enjoy the cozy Florida sunshine in the same excellent facilities we enjoy at Sun 'n Fun. The Affordable Flying Expo will focus on the love of flight, and all things that bring it into reach of the average, fun-loving pilot. Everyone is invited, from pilots and AMT's to manufacturers and owners. The Expo will give the people what they need, with workshops and education rounding things out inside the hangars. Plenty of aircraft and exhibits will also be on hand, giving everyone in the family a little eye candy to walk by and enjoy.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

Van's Aircraft Gives Optimistic Update

Things Are Looking Good for Reorganization Plan's Acceptance

Van's Aircraft posted a short video recapping the goings-on around their reorganization as they continue to move away from the brink, and by all accounts, things are going great. Clyde Hamstreet indicated that things are going pretty well in the Chapter 11 process, and they expect their reorganization plan to be approved by the court come May. Hammerstreet noted, with pleasure, that few companies in a similar position manage to survive the process, but Van's is sitting pretty. Their plan for reorganization hinges on restructuring nearly all existing contracts between suppliers, contractors, clients, and customers, which can often torpedo any prospective deal in the process.

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Mon, Apr 15, 2024

NTSB Prelim: Davis DA-3

Airplane Came To Rest Adjacent To A Large Tree About 1.4 Miles South-Southwest Of 80f

On April 4, 2024, about 1633 central daylight time, a Davis DA-3 airplane, N88DT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Antlers, Oklahoma. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness reported having a brief conversation with the pilot between 1530 and 1600 at the Stan Stamper Municipal Airport (HHW), Hugo, Oklahoma. Afterward, the pilot departed in the accident airplane. The witness reported that the airplane’s departure was uneventful and nothing seemed out of the ordinary with the airplane’s performance during the takeoff. 

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